Breast Cancer Awareness: Tips for Prevention

by on October 4th, 2010 at 7:00 am

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the organization celebrates it’s 25th year of helping  raise awareness. Apart from having  a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages there are a few tips that may lower your chance of developing breast cancer.

  • Regular exercise and consuming a low-fat diet packed with wholesome fruits and vegetables are a big plus in your battle against avoiding not only breast cancer, but many other types of cancers and diseases. On the contrary, a high-fat diet increases your risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth.
  • Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption are also important. Studies have shown that even one or two drinks a day can slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, furthermore, the more drinks consumed, the higher the risk. And everyone knows how unhealthy cigarettes are for you; they put you at risk for developing various types of cancer.
  • Finally, studies have shown that women under 35 who have been using birth control pills for more than ten years are at an increased risk of breast cancer. Ideally women should take a break from oral contraceptives every six months and use an alternative method instead.
  • Annual mammography screenings and monthly self-tests are important measures to take to stay healthy. When breast cancer is detected during its early stages of development, a number of effective treatment options are available.

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